"My Forest Edge" by Terri Illingworth

Edge of the Forest

Edge of the Forest” is a juried textile exhibition featuring work by 53 Canadian members of the Surface Design Association. Several of my friends have work in the show, and my entry was accepted as well. The exhibition opened in Ontario, where it will show in three venues before it moves on to Newfoundland, Alberta and British Columbia. Very exciting stuff! The show opened in March at the Richmond Hill Center for the Peforming Arts. Here are a couple of photos from the show taken by my good friend, Pam, who was able to attend, and a shot of my work.

overall view of Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts exhibition space wall view of artwork view of exhibition pieces "My Forest Edge" by Terri IllingworthI would like to enter more shows and exhibitions in the future, which tells me I need to get to work!

SDA Conference

I’ve tried to get it together to write about the fantastic presentations at the recent conference, but then I came across this post by Cameron Ann Mason. Seriously, I can’t really add to what she had to say, so I’d suggest you read her post. I’d also suggest you read her post about the SDA Members’ Show. I showed a few pieces in my last post, but Cameron has more photos and some great detail. Interestingly enough we did both choose some of the same pieces to highlight. Now, while you’re at it, you should certainly read Cameron’s post about the gallery tour day.

Now, here’s and assortment of photos from my time at the conference:

at Gallery Nord downtown architecture columns of the Majestic architectural detail San Antonio library library interior mosaic bench quilt by Michael James fiber exhibition river walk Texas stars serpentine tile bench Texas style "Canadian" regional meetingview from universityfashion show entrynew friends

cermics at SSA Coates Chapel at SSAcactus flower

The next photo is from the presentation to promote the next SDA conference in 2015 in Tulsa. Can’t wait to visit Oklahoma!

Tulsa conference promo

The last photo shows what I think is the greatest example of “recycle/reuse”. Our taxi driver had altered his name tag. He recently changed cab companies and this seemed to work for him!

taxi driver's badgeI thoroughly enjoyed my first Surface Design Association Conference. I met great people, saw fantastic art exhibitions, heard incredible lectures, ate excellent food and loved getting to know San Antonio. The whole experience was inspiring, and if you’ll excuse me, I need to get to work!

2nd part of tour day

Here is a recap of the rest of day 1 – Surface Design Association Conference tour day. See the rest of the day here. Conference attendees were bused around the city to a number of galleries to view SDA sponsored exhibitions. What a day.

Gallery Nord – a great San Antonio gallery space, featured several artist exhibits:

Nathalie Miebach, “Weathered Waters” – a large-scale wall piece that looks at the ecological interactions between weather systems and marine environments in the Gulf of Main.

Eun-Kyung Suh – “Embedded Memory”

Kathryn Clark – “Foreclosure Quilts”

Maria Shell – “Color Grids”

Gallery Nord

Gallery Nord

Nathalie Miebach work

“Weathered Waters” by Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach work

detail – Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach work

work by Nathalie Miebach


work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Eun-Kyung Suh

detail – Eun-Kyung Suh

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Kathryn Clark

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

work by Maria Shell

detail – Maria Shell

We saw work by Kim Eichler-Messmer – “Sense of Place”, and Janet Lasher – “Conscription”.

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

work by Kim Eichler-Messmer

"Conscription" by Janet Lasher

“Conscription” by Janet Lasher

detail by Janet Lasher

detail – Janet Lasher

At the UTSA Downtown Gallery, we viewed the Students’ Show. Inspiring variety. Here’s a small sampling:

SDA conference students' show

Students’ Show

work by William Billy George

“Secret” by William Billy George

work by Katherine Hobbs

“The Phenomenology of Impairment” by Katherine Hobbs

work by Elizabeth Christensen

“Body of Work: Inner Context” by Elizabeth Christensen

work by Delaney Smith

“Knebix” by Delaney Smith

work by Julie Bilbro

“Self Portrait” by Julie Bilbro

Last but certainly not least, we viewed to the Members’ Show at the SAY SI Gallery. The Surface Design Association is made up of an amazing group of talented people, and seeing a cross-section of their work was an absolute treat! It was difficult chosing which photos to share.

work by Catherine Kirsch

“A Study in Red” by Catherine Kirsch

work by Wendy Klotz

“Platonic Interphases” by Wendy Klotz

work by Gloria Hansen

“Yesterday’s Vogue” by Gloria Hansen

work by Timothy Webster

“Black Square” by Timothy Webster

work by Miriam Otte

“Spring at Last” by Miriam Otte

work by Meghan Lancaster

“Hive Dancing at the Blue Dahlia Lounge” by Meghan Lancaster

work by Georgia Zwartjes

“African Coffee Coat” by Georgia Zwartjes

work by Marty Jonas

“Ode to Marge” by Marty Jonas

work by Mari Livie

“Meet Fish, a Close Encounter with Another Kind” by Mari Livie

work by Gwen Lowery

“Cabbage Interfaces with Skunk” by Gwen Lowery

work by Jennifer Love

“Fertile Ground II” by Jennifer Love

work by Fiona Duthie

“Topography of Healing” by Fiona Duthie

After seeing all those amazing shows we were dropped off at the hotel – exhausted and invigorated. We enjoyed a dinner buffet reception by the pool, the opening of an outstanding vendor fair and a dessert buffet. Not bad for the first official day of the conference!






tour day

Surface Design Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas. Wow! The first official day of the conference saw me up and at an Area Representatives’ Meeting first thing in the morning. I was standing in for our local rep, Karin, and it was interesting to hear about things going on in the rest of the SDA world. Then everyone gathered to board buses and start our gallery tour day. An outstanding array of art was displayed around the city, and it was somewhat overwhelming. I’m including a variety of photos from the first 2 venues that we visited. My next post will  continue the tour.

Elise Deringer and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen – Looking Through: New work from Elise Deringer and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen.

Elise Deringer

work by Elise DeringerElise Deringer

Kelsey Viola Wikirchen
work by Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen
Kelsey Viola Wikirchen

work by Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen

Earth Friendly Alchemy: Explorations in Natural Dyeing. This group show contained some beautiful work, though the various dyeing techniques were lost on me. I’m not ready to start dyeing yet so I’m satisfied to enjoy the efforts of others without understanding exactly how the results were accomplished. Pieces not credited are due to an oversight in my photographic record keeping.

Earth Friendly Alchemy

Ana Lisa Hedstrom

work by Ana Lisa Hedstrom

Bhakti Ziek

“Rain” by Bhakti Ziek

Lisa Grey

work by Lisa Grey

Catharine Ellis

work by Catharine Ellis

Jay Rich

work by Jay Rich

Sara Goodman

“Squam Ridge Line” by Sara Goodman

Earth Friendly Alchemy Earth Friendly Alchemyunknown artist detail

Valerie d Walker

“Hotaru/fireflies” by Valerie d. Walker

I’m afraid I wasn’t organized enough in keeping track of artist names and titles. I’ve tried to include artist info as often as possible, but it was difficult keeping track of all that we were exposed to. If you can add to the credits, please send me a comment and I’ll update the post.